Food firms in the dock for water pollution

Food producers are a major source of industrial water pollution incidents - second only to the construction sector. The Environment Agency has prosecuted six food firms recently - among them HP Foods, which received a £10,000 fine for polluting a Worcester brook with sauce.

Last July, an Environment Agency officer noticed that the Springs Brook near Worcester was badly affected by sewage fungus and smelt of Worcestershire sauce. The pollution was traced to HP Foods' Lea and Perrins factory in Worcester.

HP Foods was prosecuted for causing polluting matter to enter controlled waters, contrary to section 85(1) of the Water Resources Act 1991. The company pleaded guilty before Worcester magistrates on 2 March.

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